Social Role Valorization Workshops
This workshop introduces the participant to Social Role Valorization (SRV) developed by Dr. W. Wolfensberger, one of the most influential thinkers in the human services, particularly those serving people with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of individual rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement. A central goal of SRV is to enable people who are not valued in our society to attain culturally valued roles, which are likely to help them obtain more positive life conditions, what we refer to as “the good things of life”.
Participants are encouraged to reflect on the typical life experiences of socially devalued people, with a deep understanding of the experiences of the people they serve, live with, or care for. A past participant said of this workshop, “my eyes have been opened to things I didn’t realize before.” This workshop is taught for the serious student, who may be a family member, a board member, an agency administrator or staff person, a teacher or a college or university student.